Good Morning! Looking for something hearty and filling that will re-set and power you through your Monday? This is my go-to dish pre-photoshoot or bikini. Protein-packed and nutrient-rich, Lauren's Beauty Breakfast is a nod to our Lithe Escape breakfast (subbing a kale variety for Caribbean callaloo): 1 egg, 2 egg whites, and two hand fulls of fresh-picked kale sauteed in olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos.
Image via Lauren
Check out these amazing results (fat loss!) in inches from our Escape crew. I always say that one week will make one strong, but in this case, FOUR days will make one strong. I had a blast last week and I can't wait to share more pictures of our food, food philosophy, fitness and fun! Check out #litheescape on Instagram for more pictures!
Images via Lauren
Here's our #lithespringclean menu for week 1! Just like our Lithe Foods/Lithe Escape food philosophy, you'll notice that our menus are based on lean, local, mostly seasonal and detoxifying, whole foods. Our menus coincide with our lifestyle of hard work and consistency, so Monday through Friday you'll want to follow the rules. Moderation is key for long-term success, so Saturday and Sunday are yours to eat as you please!
This menu is exactly what I eat when I prep for a photo-shoot or special event. If it feels spartan to you, that's because it is. For the next five days we are creating a caloric deficit, reducing bloat and burning off the layer of fat that is sitting on top of our muscles.
Remember to drink 64 oz of water everyday, and Lithe 5-6 days a week. Please trust our schedules (don't chase cardio!). Stay tuned for recipes (like our open-faced avocado) and more food, fitness and tip starting tomorrow. Good luck, you can do it! Now lets go shopping!
Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom
After a two year hiatus, Lithe Escape is back! From March 23rd-March 28th 2014, we're taking a departure from our intimate, ultra-luxe villa-based Lithe Escapes of the past and going to my happy place: Jake's Treasure Beach. Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.
Back-story: A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach a few years back, and Jordan and I have fallen in love with the area, the warm, friendly community and the friends that we have made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast is the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's really off the beaten path, but that hasn't stopped us from returning again and again.
Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast. The community of Treasure Beach is truly unlike any other place in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines and miles of sweeping savannas—not it’s white sand beaches or jungle-like rain-forests. Treasure Beach is notorious for the warmth of its people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. We'll be an almost three hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget, and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart.
What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself...A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women. Get excited for girl time and down time, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU.
Want to learn more? Download Lithe's Escape Manual
Ready to book your spot? Email email@example.com. Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette will be ready to assist you beginning on Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 4PM with flight information and roommate details.
I, along with everyone at Lithe & FHH would like to wish you and yours a beautiful holiday and all the best in 2014. Thank you all for your love, inspiration, loyalty, readership, letters, comments, and all your support this year.
I'm really looking forward to spending some much needed time with these guys over the next week. As I sign off today, I'll be back on Friday with my favorite posts from 2013. Bored? Scroll through the 2013 archives!
We'll be back on Monday, January 6th with information regarding Lithe's beautiful new Rittenhouse studio (opening 1.13.14!), our Lithe Spring Escape and babysitting services at Lithe Old City. 2014 is going to be a really (really!) exciting year and I'm looking forward to bringing you all that is fit, hip, healthy & Lithe!
Image of Lauren & Jordan (photo-bombed by Mark Bauers) via Crystal and Mars in the kitchen via Jordan
Check out The Cult of Lithe Queen of Hearts feature by Richard Rys in Philadelphia Magazine's May issue. Kudos to Richard for having the guts to enter our culture (and experience the workout!). Thank you to our Lithe Instructors Jaime Powers, Kim Sauer, Meg Grauzlis and Tirsa Rivas for enduring an arduous 14 hour shoot and body painting session. And, thank you to all the Lithers of Philadelphia for shaping Lithe's history, and loving this workout and lifestyle; I'm so honored!
*Susan Bodack, Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com, was kind enough to write this post after I asked her to share her tips on finding the best suits for Summer 2013!
Spring officially starts this week, so you know what that means--swimsuit season is right around the corner! We know that Lithe is just one component of looking good in a swimsuit; the other is learning how to choose the right styles for your particular shape... and that's where I come in! Follow these swimsuit tips to guarantee a flawless beach-chic look.
The Busty Babe
For all the busty ladies out there, your main focus should be supporting the girls. There's nothing worse than a spillage-related bikini blooper if you know what I mean! Halter tops (especially those with thicker underbands) and bra-style swimsuit tops with underwire offer the best bust support. If you want to minimize your top half and draw attention toward your bottom half, choose a dark solid-colored top paired with a printed or embellished bottom.
Need A Lift?
But if you're the opposite and want to accentuate your top half, choose a swimsuit that will enhance your bustline. Twist or sweetheart bandeau tops (especially those with molded cups) and triangle tops with push-up padding are your best top styles. Additionally, tops with fringe, beading or busy prints will help emphasize your bustline, especially when paired with a dark solid-colored swimsuit bottom.
Long & Lean
If you're long, lean and have legs for days, a two-piece swimsuit is probably your best option, especially if you have a long torso. Cropped bustiers and trapeze-style tops (huge for 2013) are especially flattering on long torsos. Not so curvy? Opt for a solid-colored sweetheart or twist bandeau paired with a printed hipster-style swimsuit bottom--the combo helps create the illusion of hourglass curves!
On the other hand, petite girls want to choose swimsuit styles that will elongate their torso. Try triangle tops paired with higher-cut string bikini bottoms. If you have a small booty, look for a swimsuit bottom with a back cinch (aka the "scrunch butt") and/or a bottom with a cheeky Brazilian cut. Create the illusion of curves with a solid-colored twist bandeau top paired with a printed hipster bottom, or try a fashion-forward monokini!
Curves For Days
Whether you're curvy, full-figured or have an hourglass shape, embrace those curves! For example, if you have an hourglass shape, your top half is proportionate to your bottom half, so avoid swimsuit styles that will throw you off balance. Try a halter paired with a matching scoop bottom; avoid string swimsuit bottoms, as they will make your hips appear wider than they are. If you don't feel comfortable in a bikini, don't be afraid to try a one-piece swimsuit. There are a ton of chic and sexy styles to choose from this year, including those with plunging necklines and flattering ruched detail!
Remember--the key to looking good in your swimsuit is to choose styles that accentuate your best assets and draw attention away from your not-so-favorite areas.
Philadelphia area? Susan invites us to stop by their
showroom! Contact them at 888.95.STYLE to
make an appointment. Images via InStyleSwimwear.com
I'm late again, but I have a good excuse. This past weekend I traveled down to Florida to spend some time with family in Highland Beach. I have to tell you that I didn't realize just how tightly wound I was until I was three days into my vacation. On day three, I got off my butt, traded in my bikini top for my sports bra, and worked it out on the beach, Escape style. It brought back a lot of great memories. I can't tell you how much I miss Lithe Escape: R&R, fabulous food, fitness, friends, fun and RESULTS!
Since 2009, Lithe Escape has been a big part of my life; something that I really look forward to every six months. I haven't been able to pull myself away all that much since Mars was born, but now that he's 18 months old, I'm ready (I promise, post Lithe NYC opening!).
I've heard through the grapevine that some of you are dying to go again, as well. I have some ideas in my head but I'd love to know where you would like to go! We could revisit some of the beautiful and luxurious villas and small boutique hotels that we have been to already (Bolt House, Highland House, La Luna & Hibiscus Hill House, Harbour Island, but I'm always game for something new and exciting. I'm taking requests and I'm all ears!
Images of LBG Lithing on the beach in Highland Beach, FL via Jordan
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